This week is Parent-Teacher Conference week. This is a great opportunity for teachers and parents to sit down together and discuss student progress. Each conference is 20 minutes in length and the Middle School (6th-8th grades) will have student-led conferences. Please be on time for your appointment and respect the time limit. If one family is late or takes more than the allotted time, the entire schedule for a class can be thrown off. Please enter the building through the main entrance. We will be here to “buzz” you in. Just a reminder that due to afternoon conferences, school will be dismissed at 12:00pm on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.
A week from Thursday, October 31st, is Halloween. (As if you didn’t know.) It will be a fun-filled, high-energy day with parties, parades and a special costume contest awards assembly. You are welcome to join us for the fun. The parade starts at 1:45pm in the Kindergarten room and winds it ways through each classroom picking up classes along the way up through the 5th grade. Then, it is off to the rectory to visit the parish staff, and back to Banchero Hall for an assembly at 2:15pm. At the end of the day we will send our excited students home to you for an evening of trick or treating and SLEEP. The following morning, we will start our day with our All Saints’ Day Mass at 8:45am, hosted by the third grade. Please join us as we celebrate the lives of those who have gone before us and have been saints in our lives.
Students are encouraged to wear their costumes to school on Halloween. Please remember that costumes need to be “life affirming” and not depict violence in either dress or implement. That’s not to say that the traditional ghosts, devils and witches are out, but the more gruesome and negative costumes (as well as accessories that might cause injury or are easily broken) should be left at home. Also, please make sure that the size of the costume is appropriate for a school day. Large, cumbersome costumes where a child cannot sit at their desk or walk comfortably in the parade should be reserved for after-school activities. We simply do not have room for bulky, oversized costumes. Students have been told that if they do not abide by these guidelines, they will not be eligible for prizes in the costume contest.
Finally, last Wednesday evening at our School Commission meeting we spent time preparing for our Town Hall meeting. Please mark your calendars for Wednesday evening, November 6th at 6:30pm and plan to attend. This is your chance to give input in all areas of our program as we prepare our next Five-Year Strategic Plan. We will be seeking feedback on our curricular and extra-curricular programs, Catholic values, technology and resource needs. We need you to help create this roadmap for the future to assure we are working to make significant gains in all areas of St. Anne School.
Have a great week!